The World Health Organization estimates that more than 30 percent of the world’s women have suffered physical or sexual abuse by a partner. Between 100 and 140 million girls and women have undergone female genital mutilation. More than 60 million women between ages 20 and 24 were married before their 18th birthdays, many of them forced.
Violence affects women everywhere, regardless of their culture or socioeconomic status. It is a persistent, substantial barrier to the health and development of its victims, their families and their communities. Despite increased worldwide attention to these widespread human rights abuses, and recent advances in knowledge about how to tackle them, levels of violence against women remain unacceptably high.
We need to act as we would in the face of any other epidemic — by responding appropriately to victims and moving swiftly to implement preventive measures. But what, exactly, works?"
Read article by Mary Ellsberg from The Washington Post.